Water and fire damage is one of the most common claims on mobile home insurance, and in some cases, it can cause devastating effects to belongings and structure of a home if not resolved as quickly as possible. The amount of water that can escape through a bad connection or faulty pipe is staggering, and within minutes you could find your mobile home resembling a swimming pool rather than your living space. There are also a number of other potential causes of water damage, so take a look at how to prevent them in order to reduce the risk of damage.
Clear drains and gutters
Throughout the year, drains and gutters should be cleared to prevent any blockages around your mobile home. Blocked drains could potentially cause significant overflow especially if there is heavy rain in a short space of time. If you have gutters, they can also be another issue, as water that collects in them with nowhere to drain off may start to make its way down exterior walls. This can lead to weaknesses in the wall and water making its way into your home.
Upgrade old appliances
If you’ve ever experienced your washing machine spilling the contents of its water all over the floor, then you’ll understand how important it is to upgrade your appliances before it gets to this point. If you’ve had your appliance for a few years, but it is in good working order, consider checking the pipes and hoses that connect to your water source, as these can start to become brittle and leaky over time. This is a cheap fix, which could prevent a costly incident.
Ask for professional help
Sometimes you will need expert help, especially if you’ve experienced significant water damage to your mobile home. By using a water damage service, you can get help fast in the event of an emergency. Stemming the flow of water is vital to minimize extensive damage, and professionals can give you guidance and solutions on sorting the problem quickly.
Keep your thermostat on a constant temperature
This is particularly important during cold snaps if you have metal pipework, as turning your heating off could lead to pipes to freezing up and bursting. By having a constant temperature in your mobile home, not only will it feel more comfortable but it’ll also keep warm water running through the pipes to prevent extreme changes in temperature.
If you spot a leak, fix it
If you have a small leak, it can be easy just to leave it until it presents a more significant problem but doing this could cost you ten-fold if it causes considerable damage. Some issues might not look like substantial problems on the outside but lurking underneath could be stagnant water that will cause mold, dry rot, mildew and in extreme cases, structural damage. The costs of putting something right when you first spot it will be significantly less than waiting for the inevitable to happen, so if you see something that doesn’t look right, sort it straight away.
Check the water pressure
Most people like high water pressure in their mobile home but this increased stress on your pipes and system is likely to cause fractures and bursts as they are often made from plastic. Most residential properties have a standard range of pressure they can handle, but mobile homes should be treated differently unless you have updated pipework. If you don’t know the water pressure in your mobile home and want to check, you can get a gauge to determine its strength.
Know how to shut the water off
In the event of a water leak, knowing where your mains water shut off is, is vital for stemming the flow before it causes tons of damage. It is also essential to ensure this shut-off valve is accessible, as in the event of an emergency you don’t want to have to rummage around to turn off the system.
Monitor your water bill
It some cases, you may not be aware you have a leak, but even a slow escape of water will eventually lead to substantial damage. One of the ways to investigate leaks is to check your water bill regularly for any spikes in usage. If you notice any differences that you can’t explain, then checking for leaks around your mobile home is vital. It might not be within your mobile home either, as outside pipes may also have leaks, so assess each known spot and if you need some help, call a plumber to take a look.